Where to start in teaching special needs?

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Where to start in teaching special needs?

Unread postby Skylar34 » 15 Nov 2007, 00:18

Hello- I'm interested in teaching learners with special needs. The problem is that I don't know where to start. Can someone please recommend some good materials (books, websites etc...) that would be helpful in educating me in this area of interest?

Thank you :)
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Re: Where to start in teaching special needs?

Unread postby taffy » 21 Apr 2009, 19:57

World dyslexia .com offers courses for parents assistants and teachers . Nessy ( http://www.dyslexic.com/nessylearning ) offers a structured program for spelling and reading and lots of worksheets. ..mainly for dyslexics but can be good for any struggling learners. Hope this is of help
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Re: Where to start in teaching special needs?

Unread postby nicolasbru » 03 Mar 2011, 16:20

I am far from being a specialist. However, I had the chance to work with students that were dealing with mental troubles. The first thing that I had to understand is that most of the kids already loved me. It was my duty to love them. This was quite unusual since most of the teenagers don't really appreciate their teacher at the beginning. You also have to be ready to be patient. They don't all go to the same rhythm. Every discease is different, so all the students have different needs. Take the time to personnaly know each of them; it is also a security issue. Games are really important, it is surely the best way to make them learn. Please know that there are tons of websites dedicated to this subject. Take the time to get advices from experts. Good luck!
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Re: Where to start in teaching special needs?

Unread postby TonyTTT » 09 Jul 2014, 07:59

Thanks for sharing, nicolasbru!
Taffy, the link does not work...Any other tips?
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